CeremonyBook - 2006
From Library Staff
Tayo is a young Native American who was a prisoner of war during World War II. He returns to the Laguna Pueblo reservation and tries to find a sense of comfort and resolution; the search itself becomes a ritual.
From the critics
Frightening or Intense Scenes: The whole book includes multiple PTSD flashbacks, so there are many intense scenes, both of the violence perpetrated/experienced by the veterans and of the violence of PTSD itself
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He cried the relief he felt at finally seeing the pattern, the way all the stories fit together—the old stories, the war stories, their stories—to become the story that was still being told. He was not crazy; he had never been crazy. He had only seen and heard the world as it always was: no boundaries, only transitions through all distances and time.
They are afraid, Tayo. They feel something happening, they can see something happening around them, and it scares them. Indians or Mexicans or whites—most people are afraid of change. They think that if their children have the same color of skin, the same color of eyes, that nothing is changing.” She laughed softly. “They are fools. They blame us, the ones who look different. That way they don’t have to think about what has happened inside themselves.